Frequently asked questions

Question: How should I care for my watch?

Answer: Steel bracelets should be cleaned carefully in lukewarm water. However if extensive cleaning is needed remove bracelet from watch case and steam clean. Use a soft brush with soap and water to brush away the dirt. Finally, rinse with water and dry carefully with a soft cloth. Regarding the case cleaning please clean with moist cloth. Extensive cleaning please take to watch technician.

Leather straps can expand during the warm weather season and may absorb perspiration. A tight strap can also cause a perspiration rash on the wrist. If the strap ever becomes wet with perspiration, wipe it dry with a soft cloth.

Temperature Extremes: Quartz watches are much less affected by extremes of temperature than mechanical watches, and are designed to keep good time if worn on the wrist for eight hours a day with ambient temperatures between -10 ° C / 14 ° F and 35 ° C / 95 ° F. If removed completely from the wrist, your watch may lose time during the winter, but will return to normal accuracy as soon as you start wearing it again. If your watch is stored at temperatures outside the normal range (as low as -10 ° C / 14 ° F or as high as 60 ° C / 140 ° F) the electronic components may cease to function normally.

Battery life can be significantly reduced at high temperatures (above 40 ° C / 104 ° F), and battery fluid may even leak out.

Chemicals: Chemical substances, gases, mercury, etc., may change the color of cases, bracelets and straps. Mercury (for instance, from a broken thermometer) can cause particularly unsightly grey discoloration of gold plating.

Question: Does magnetism affect timepieces?

Answer: Magnetism might affect analogue watches, which use a tiny electric motor to turn the hands. Powerful magnetism can affect the performance of this motor.

Question: What is the definition of water resistant?

Answer:

ATM Meters Feet Usage
3 30 100 Suitable for everyday use. Splash/rain resistant. NOT suitable for showering, bathing, swimming, snorkeling, water related activities.
5 50 165 Suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related activities.
10 100 330 Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.
15 150 500 Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.
20 200 660 Suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports.
30 300 990 Suitable for professional diving.

Water Resistant refers to how well a watch is sealed against the ingress of water. It is usually accompanied by an indication of the static test pressure. An indication of pressure in terms of water depth does not mean a water resistant watch was designed for repeated long-term use in such water depths. A watch marked 30 meters water resistant cannot be expected to withstand activity for longer time periods in a swimming pool, let alone continue to function at 30 meters under water. This is because the test is conducted only once using static pressure. The test for qualifying a diving watch for repeated usage in a given depth includes safety margins to take factors into account like ageing of the seals, the properties of water and seawater, rapidly changing water pressure and temperature, as well as dynamic mechanical stresses encountered by a watch. Also every diving watch has to be tested for water resistance or water-tightness and resistance at a water overpressure as it is officially defined.

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